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Caught on Camera: Local Student Saves Choking Friend

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A local seventh grader is getting quite a bit of attention after he performed chest thrusts on a friend at lunch on Wednesday, and the whole thing was caught on camera.

Angelo Ferro and DJ Miller are both seventh graders at Sparks Middle School. They were rushing through lunch so they could get to a basketball game on Wednesday. When the unexpected happened, Angelo's quick thinking may have saved his friend's life.

"DJ got here last," Angelo explained, describing the scene from the lunch room. "So he was trying to eat the fastest and everything, and get it done with so he could go."

The boys were sitting together at a table in the cafeteria when DJ started choking. He tried to take a drink of water, which he said didn't help. When he realized he was in trouble, he tapped Angelo's shoulder to get his attention.

In a quick decision, Angelo jumped up and started slapping his friend on the back, before performing the chest thrusts.

"It just came out like right here, Angelo gestured. "It was gross."

"Well first, I wanted to hug him," DJ said, "but I was like, nah."

"And then he said, 'let's go play basketball,'" Angelo added.

It's a typical response from teenage boys, even after a quick response that could have meant the difference between life and death.

"I think he could have died or something," Angelo said. "I'm just glad I was here. He's like one of my best friends, so it's good to still have him here."

The news spread quickly through the school, and when administrators pulled up the video from the security camera, they couldn't believe what they were seeing.

"When I saw it I had goose bumps and a tear in my eye," Sparks Middle School Principal Kevin Carroll said. "It was just amazing to see."

Angelo said he didn't really know how to do the chest thrusts, so he just kind of acted on instinct.

Now Carroll plans to have a school-wide lesson on the maneuver, so everyone will be prepared in case of an emergency. It's an idea that DJ supports.

"I want to help people throughout the school if they're choking or something, like I was," DJ said.

As a reward for his heroic act, Angelo has been granted the freedom to leave his uniform at home, and wear whatever he wants to school for the rest of the year.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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